Dear Parents,
One fourth, of our school year has passed through the hour glass. It is the time to take a look at how far each child has come and set goals for the rest of the year.  To that end, we will be having our Parent-Teacher conferences next Friday afternoon and the following Monday morning. This is the time to celebrate successes and discuss challenges. If you have not already signed up for your child's conferences, please do so now.  A few reminders about conferences.  Please respect the start and end time of each conference. We recognize that it can be a challenge to be here at an exact time so please try to get here a few minutes early...just in case there is a last minute delay. And, please respect the end time. Frequently teachers are scheduled with several conferences in a row and one parent staying over their time has a ripple effect that can affect many other parents. If an issue arises during the report card conference that warrants further discussion, please arrange another time to talk with the teacher.

As part of the strategic plan we are looking at a variety of aspects regarding the conference practices here involving First and Third quarters in particular. Additionally, we are now able to include more narrative commentary on report cards and we are identifying the best utilization of that feature. We have a committee that is meeting regularly to identify changes for the future.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Gabriel Project fundraiser, we were able to raise over $6,500 to support individuals/families with crisis pregnancies. As I reminded the students at Mass this week, we are blessed with abundance and we are called to share...thank you for sharing.

Chris Kelly 

October 29 - November 2 is a A week
for lunch duty.   
Hot lunch is $22.50 for the week.  
Click here to sign up for lunch duty.
  Click here to download the lunch menu.
Click here to order lunch online.
Friday, November 9th from 1:30 - 4:30pm 
Monday, November 12th from 8:30am - 1pm
Parent/teacher conferences will be held Friday, November 9th, from 1:30pm - 4:30pm and Monday, November 12th, from 8:30am - 1pm in 15 minute time slots (Friday is a 12:30pm dismissal and there is no school on Monday).  Once again, we will be using PickATime, an online scheduler, to schedule the conferences.
The online scheduler is open and will close on Thursday, November 8th. Parents received an email on Wednesday, October 24 with instructions on how to schedule a conference.
***K-5 conferences are with the teachers and parents ONLY (please do not bring any K-5 students or younger siblings to conferences). However, middle school students are expected to attend the conference with their parents.

There is no Aftercare on Friday November 9th!
Free child care will be available both days in the music room during conferences. This service is provided for parents to use during their conference time only.  No sick children or children in diapers, please.

For assistance scheduling conferences please email Catherine Tobin at
Mark your calendar for November 27...
BSS has joined the global movement - a day of giving between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Last year, $23,192 was raised for BSS in honor of Giving Tuesday. 
Please stay tuned on social media for the student lead campaign! 
Leave the cooking to Ledo's Pizza  
Next Mon &Tues (
Nov 5 & 6)
Mention Blessed Sacrament when you order and 20% of the sale benefits BSS. Dine in or carry-out 5pm to 10pm.
New: All catering orders during the week that mention Blessed Sacrament will generate 10% of sales for BSS!

Open House Dates-Send to your friends!

Thursday, November 15 -  9am coffee, followed by faculty remarks, student/parent led tours, plus Q & A session with principal and admissions personnel.  Held in the parish center for interested parents Grades K-8.

Thursday, January 10 - 7pm wine and cheese, followed by faculty remarks, student/parent led tours, plus Q & A session with principal and admissions personnel.  Held in the parish center for interested parents Grades K-8.

Tour leaders needed!!
Please email Nancy Ryan at if you can serve in this role -no experience necessary at all!

All materials sent to you in advance and you are accompanied by a member of our student government.

Parents of Siblings applying to Blessed Sacrament for Sept 2019

Please don't forget that your applications for siblings for all grades are due on December 14, 2018.  Apply online at, where you will also find all of the application requirements.  If you have any questions, email  
Come one, come all if you are a teen who needs service hours!
The Sodality Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 10 and we need lots of help from teen volunteers.   
We can put you to work (with adult supervision,) setting up and decorating on Friday, November 9 from 1pm-5pm. And we will need help all day Saturday beginning at 9am, and ending at approximately 5pm.   
So, if you need service hours, we need you!!  Contact Nancy Ryan at  
If you need a break from cooking next Wednesday, we have a BONUS eat-out/carry-out night from Ledo's Pizza! A percentage of sales on this evening supports Blessed Sacrament Troop 90.
On behalf of the 6th grade, thank you,  for so graciously giving to the Gabriel  Project and Network this year.   As a  school, we raised about $6,600,
averaging about $13 per student.
Congratulations to Mrs. Cunningham's  1st grade, topping all classes with their
donation of $482, and Ms. Zukowski's 4th  grade for averaging $30 per student in  their contributions.
What an awesome testament to the generosity of this compassionate community! Way to go Caring Bulldogs!
If you happen upon any bottles in your  home or child's backpack, please be so
kind as to return them so that they can  be used in future GP fundraisers.   And if  there's any money in those bottles, it is  never too late for us to donate to these  worthy programs.    

Thanksgiving Food Drive will be November 13, 14, and 15.
Each class is asked to bring in the specific  food  items listed below, as well as a donation of $5.00 to buy turkeys and fresh groceries.  These donations will be distributed to families in our school community, families in our parish social concerns program, and families served by the Spanish Catholic Center.

Please send in food and $5.00 cash donations by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th. 

Food donation items: (PLEASE NO GLASS JARS)     
K1 Lafionatis-two packages of mac-n-cheese
K2 Pavel- two cans of tuna
K3 Walsh Rogan- one large box of raisins
1A Vantine- two plastic jars of jelly
1B Brant- two boxes of corn bread
1C Cunningham- two bags or cans of beans
2A Kirlin- one jar of peanut butter 
2B Cogswell- two cans of pears
2C Hamilton- two boxes of cake mix
3A Anderson- one large can of pumpkin
3B Olson- one box of dry milk
3C Albertson- two cans of tomatoes  
4A Weschler- two cans of cranberry sauce
4B Proctor- two cans of soup
4C Zukowski- two cans of peaches
5A K. Tobin- two cans of evaporated milk
5B Markley- one medium bag of sugar
5C Scanlan- one large box of low sugar cereal
6A Ryan- one large bag of flour
6B Matthews- one medium bottle of oil
6C  McDaniel- one box of oatmeal
6D Guitart
- two packages of dry pasta 
7A Goodman- one box of low sugar cereal
7B Bastow 
two plastic jars of spaghetti sauce 
7C Shaffer- two packages of pudding
7D Mazyck- two cans of vegetables
8A Fetters- one large bag of rice
8B Tobin- one large bag of rice
8C Schiller - one large bag/box of stuffing
8D McCann- one large bag/box of stuffing
We thank you for your generosity!
Uniform Exchange

Gently used uniform attire will be available for sale for $5 per item
 Catholic Charities will hold their annual  
Joseph's Coats of Many Colors Drive  

Our 7th grade will be on the blacktop collecting gently used and new coats on Thursday and Friday, Nov 8 and 9 during drop off in the am.  Please donate!  If you don't have any used coats, coats in xl sizes and up are highly desirable and some people purchase coats from Walmart, Target, etc to give.  Thanks.  

Support the Sist er Rose Tuition Assistance Fund, which helps Blessed Sacrament School families experiencing hardship with temporary financial aid so their children can continue to atte nd BSS. 100% of the Benefactor funds go to help BSS families in need. Last  year, because of the generosity of Benefit Benefactors, the HSA was able to give $40,000 to BSS for tuition aid dispersement!

.................................................GIVING LEVELS.................................................
GODS - $500                       ATHLETES - $250                 SPECTATORS - $150
Prominent recognition                 Special Recognition                       Recogntion
Name on Benefactor Wall           Name on Benefactor Wall              Name on Benefactor Wall
1/2 pg Family Ad in Catalog        1/4 pg Family Ad in Catalog

Tickets to Event Sold Separately. Make your commitement online at!
  The Sodality BAZAAR is coming your way on November 10 from 10am-3pm!  
Bring your whole family to this parish event for a fun day of kid's activities (rumor is that there is a hoops contest to see who is the King or Queen of shooting), raffle baskets, lunch, vendors, specialty foods, bake sale and huge rummage sale including used clothes, white elephants, and this year, Replay Toys (used toys) and Second Chance Sports (used sporting goods) has been added! 
Plus, participate in a fabulous new event ..."SCAV on the AVE", a scavenger hunt for families, teens, tweens and you!  Get clues at Masses on Novemeber 3rd and 4th and get answers on the Avenue and finish at the Bazaar.  Winners get a choice of dinner and movie for 6 at the Mazza and Cheesecake Factory OR fun for 6 at DC's Escape Room!
Gotta be in it to win it!  (a kids only scavenger hunt with a Child's Play gift card and prize will be held at the Bazaar also).  
In advance of the bazaar, please clean out closets and the attic and donate gently used clothes for men, women and children, white elephants, used toys and sporting goods.  Most desired items-designer labels, purses, Christmas sweaters, coats, prom dresses, good costume jewelry, serving pieces, tablecloths, frames, gardening items, kitchen items, crystal, silver, objets d'art, helmets, lacrosse and field hockey sticks, mitts, bikes, football pads, clears, golf clubs, rackets, etc.  Not accepted-underwear, t-shirts, stuffed animals, pillows, large appliances and electronics, books or bedding.  Donation hours for clothes, white elephants, toys and sporting goods will be Tues, Nov 6-8 from 8-4 at the parish center.  NO DONATIONS OF CLOTHES OR WHITE ELEPHANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THURSDAY, BUT TOYS AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACCEPTED FRIDAY AT THE GYM.  

If your house is cleaned out already, consider baking something for the bake sale! Pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, bars, gluten free treats, muffins, and all of your other concoctions will be accepted Friday, Nov 9 from 3-5pm at the gym and Sat morn, Nov 10 from 7-10.  Thanks!!! 

The Blessed Sacrament Christmas Ornaments are still on sale!
Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind keepsake ornament.    
Ceramic, hand-crafted and painted with the Blessed Sacrament coat of arms, this ornament will look great on your Christmas tree for years to come.
To order, please click here.  
 Orders will be distributed the week of November 12th.  
Proceeds benefit the HSA.
Questions? Email Julie Ryan at
Thursday, November 29th
Private Shopping Event at 
Child's Play  
(5536 Connecticut Avenue NW)  
from 7-9pm 
Do some holiday shopping you already have to do anyway and they'll donate 10% of eligible purchases to the HSA.
Projects the HSA has helped fund in the past include the Week of the Arts and a technology fund. Meet a friend. Wander the store with a glass of wine and a yummy holiday treat. Shop in peace.
Spring Benefit 

2019 Wine Cellar 
Spring Benefit 2019 Wine Cellar The BSS purchase credit is now available at Circle Wine & Spirits. Remember to please go to Circle to buy wine, beer and spirits. Your purchase will benefit BSS and the 2019 Spring Benefit in March. Just mention Blessed Sacrament at the register before they ring you up. Bottle donations for the wine cellar will begin in January. Contact Charles Fendig if you have questions: Thank you!
Greg Gannon 
Canned Food Drive

Save the Date - Dec 1, 2019
Registration is now open for new and returning families!
Remember parents: Before you make any purchases from Amazon, visit first and click the Amazon logo! 

BSS will receive a percentage of all purchases made by users who CLICK THROUGH BSSTODAY.ORG FIRST!